You want to tell your friends and family about your prideful experience in Vietnam, you should really be involved in these following activities.
1. Attending culture talks by Vietnamese scholars in the Temple of Literature
Besides appreciating the Temple of Literature, enjoying traditional music shows there, considering attending culture talks by some Vietnamese famous scholars could be unforgettable memory when you leave Viet Nam. The topic depends on your requirements, however a talk on chu Nom (ancient Vietnamese language) by Dr. Cung Khac Luoc is highly recommended, Normally, after the talk, you will be provided with a calligraphy piece performed by the doctor, the best calligrapher in Vietnam.
2. Raise a beer with friends on the pavement of old quarter streets
Old quarters are very popular in the eyes of Vietnam-interested tourists for its ancient architecture and typically Vietnamese life styles. One of the most interesting activities here is drinking fresh beer (Bia hoi), which is brewed without any preservatives and as a result is marvelously cheap. It is said that with $10 you can enjoy 100 glasses of beer, however inexpensiveness is not only the advantage, sitting admiring Hanoi life nights is the very valuable experience that is worth your time. Occasionally, you can stop a street vendor to buy tropical fruits, which is surprisingly cheap too.
3. Learn to make a mug at Batrang pottery village
Your tour guide may bring you to Bat Trang, a ceramic village, which is near Ha Noi. Do not miss a chance of making a vase yourselves. Of course you are not alone in the sophisticated-considered work as there will be villager to guide you how to use the pottery wheel. Jump at the opportunity to shock your friends and family when you come back with the vase.
4. Attending water puppet show
You absolutely must go to Water Puppet Show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, where you will see the most marvelous traditional art form of Viet Nam. The show takes place in a pool of water, the puppeteers are behind a bamboo screen and the controls are under water and out of sight. There are some shows every day from 2pm to 8pm and taking pictures allowed during the show.
5. Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake is not only famous for its historical story but its peaceful atmosphere it brings to the capital as well. Walking around the lake in a fresh morning or an eventful evening is a smart choice for tourists who want to penetrate into the Hanoian life. With a little luck you may see the amazing big turtle, which is considered having supernatural power emerging from water.
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